Total loan: $5,925

Lirios Group

Santa Clara La Laguna, Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Agriculture

Lirios Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped increase her animal husbandry business and buy two steers.

Lirios Group's story

A very young 20-year-old woman, Juana, is the Secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Lirios” in the department/state of Solola. She is a single mother of a four-year-old son and lives with her parents. Her main business is buying and selling live chickens. Now, Juana wants to enlarge her business and add cattle. She is requesting her third Kiva loan to buy two steers. Her goals are to increase both sales and income and, in that way, raise the standard of living for her son and contribute to the household expenses.

There are seven Maya K’iche ladies in the Trust Bank who look forward to their monthly meetings when they offer each other support, make loan payments, and participate in educational training. Most of the women have little or no formal education, but Juana was able to attend school for eight years. Topics are relevant to their lives and include an aspect of four topics: health, family matters, women’s issues and business management tools. Often they share what they learn with family and friends. Every other month, the ladies have access to basic health care services. Both of these activities are part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care services.

These ladies would be unable to secure any kind of loan from a bank. Kiva investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, are highly valued by them. Thank you!